Instructors

Instructors

Tianne Allan Yoga Therapy Instructor

Tianne Allan, BA, ERYT-500, Registered Yoga Therapist came to Yoga after a long career as a high performance athlete. As her love of Yoga grew, she began teaching.  After a serious car accident Tianne’s Yoga practice became her pathway to healing.  Restorative Yoga and Yoga Therapy provided tools to help her heal both physical and emotional trauma. Tianne now devotes her teaching to sharing these powerful tools of healing and transformation through classes, workshops and teacher training's, locally and internationally.

Zamir Dhanji YTT Instructor

Zamir Dhanji is a yoga teacher, dharma artist and avid explorer of consciousness and culture. Graduating with a B.A. Hon. from New York University, his degree focused on Spiritual Economics, Holism and Human Evolution. Integrating different branches of classical yoga and strongly influenced by developments in modern science, his training provides a holistic approach to yoga. He is also an initiate of Ati-yoga under the guidance of Wisdom Master Maticintin, founder of HÜMÜH Clear-Mind Buddhism. He has discipled in the practice and study of meditation and Buddhist logic with Her for the last eight years.

Naseem Gulamhusein Program Coordinator

Naseem Gulamhusein, MEd, C-IAYT, is an educator, public speaker, teacher trainer, program coordinator and certified yoga therapist. She has worked in field of holistic health and wellness for 20 years. In 2008, she designed the the Langara Holistic Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) Program, which is the first of its' kind in a public college in Canada. Naseem has presented the traditional and therapeutic benefits of yoga at Canada India Networking Initiative (CINI) conference, and the United Nations International Day of Yoga. Naseem believes we have the innate power to heal ourselves through somatic practices like yoga, and embodied living.

Tom Heah Yoga Therapy Instructor

   Tom Heah is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Teacher and Mentor in MBSR and MBCT for the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto. He works in Occupational Therapy for public health with Vancouver Coastal Health and private practice in the field of mental health. Tom is also an advisor for the Training in Mindfulness Facilitation at UCLA. He has taught mindfulness based courses since 2006 for the management of stress, depression, pain, anxiety and psychosis. He started teaching MBSR and MBCT at Langara College in 2018.

Sarah Holmes de Castro Yoga Therapy Instructor

Sarah Holmes de Castro, MA, TCTSY-F (Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator) is the Director of Programs for Yoga Outreach, working with volunteer yoga teachers and facility staff to deliver trauma-informed yoga programs and facilitating trainings for yoga teachers and health professionals. In 2010 Sarah completed teachers' training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga at the Boston Trauma Center. She is a certified Professional Yoga Therapist with Integrative Yoga Therapy and continues to deepen her understanding of yoga as a practice to support healing, most recently studying Functional Yoga Therapy and Pain Care Yoga.

Sarah Jamieson Yoga Therapy Instructor

Sarah Jamieson, BComm, CYT, PgCPain completed her initial yoga teacher training through Langara College. She has completed additional training through the Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh, India. She has been fortunate to take multiple trainings with renowned teacher Judith Lasater, including Restorative Yoga and Yoga for Anxiety, Anger & Depression. She has studied yoga anatomy with teachers like Leslie Kaminoff and Susi Hately, and Pain Care Yoga with Neil Pearson. Sarah has been teaching programs with CHANGEpain since shortly after the clinic opened in 2013.

Nicole Marcia Yoga Therapy Instructor, Program Coordinator (interim)

Nicole Marcia, MA, TCTSY-F, Certified Yoga Therapist has taught therapeutic Yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors struggling with addiction, depression and anxiety since 2004. She also trains Yoga teachers and clinicians in the trauma-sensitive Yoga theory and techniques required to support trauma survivors in their healing, long-term stability and recovery. In 2009, she was awarded a master’s degree in Yoga Therapy Studies from Lesley University in Boston, MA.

 

Janice Muir Yoga Therapy Instructor

Janice Muir, BSc, RN, BSN, MSc (N) Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pain Management has her Masters of Science in Nursing and was the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Pain Management at Providence Health Care in Vancouver, B.C.  She is also a member of Acute and Chronic Pain Services and the chair of the interdisciplinary Providence Health Care Pain Initiative Committee at Providence Health Care.  She is an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Nursing and she is a member of the Education Committee for the of the Pain BC Society.  She has completed numerous courses on non-pharmacological approaches to pain management including Therapeutic Touch and Integrated Energy Healing.

Maggie Reagh Yoga Therapy Instructor

Maggie Reagh, MA, E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT) conducts private and public Yoga Therapy classes as well as her own IAYT accredited training program in Vancouver, Canada. She regularly teaches Therapeutic Yoga at Capilano University where she has been faculty since 1997. She started her own yogic studies in the Krishnamacharya lineage in 1995 in Vancouver before going to Mysore, India in 2000 with BNS Iyengar. She went on to study with the Desikachars in Chennai, India and the Kraftsows on Maui. In 2003, she started her Iyengar-based training with various senior teachers. She continues her studies in Yoga Therapy, Philosophy, and Vedic Chanting with DV and Radha Sridhar, and Viji Vasu in Chennai, India.

Matt Johnston Yoga Therapy Instructor

Matt Johnston, MEd, Counselling Psych, RCC is a mental health professional and full-time professional firefighter in the Lower Mainland. Matt is also the CEO of First Responder Health Services, a company dedicated to closing the gap between public safety personnel and mental health professionals through occupational awareness training initiatives. His unique program has attracted hundreds of psychologists, human resources and return-to-work specialists who have a strong dedication to curbing the mental health challenges facing first responders across Canada. Matt's work has garnered international attention and is a critical step towards creating a vetted network of helpers that better understand first responder workplace culture.

Farah Nazarali Yoga Therapy Instructor

Farah Nazarali has a deep passion for all things yoga and has studied, taught, and practiced for over 12 years. She is the student of Vishwa Guru Sri Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda and has attended and taught Retreats locally (Hollyhock and Salt Spring Centre of Yoga) and internationally.  She is the visionary behind Drishti Point Yoga Podcasts, a 10-year karma yogi project that produced hundreds of podcasts with Masters, renowned spiritual teachers, and acclaimed yogis and experts in the field of consciousness. She believes yoga is the most sophisticated ancient technology for the evolution of the human spirit. She currently specializes in teaching Retreats and is the Podcasts Host of In Conversation: The Podcast of Banyen Books and Sound.

Susan Horning YTT Instructor

Susan Horning, BBA, CHT, ERYT is the Founder of Unity Yoga in Vancouver, BC, Susan is a devoted practitioner of yoga, teacher, herbalist, counsellor, and Thai masseuse. She has a passion for community, and sees yoga as a foundation for healthy and holistic living. Her background includes training in Ashtanga and Anusara traditions, as well as Acroyoga and Thai Massage. Insight yoga and meditation inspire her personal practice, and sharing the gifts of silent reflection in her classes is always an integral part of her offerings. Committed to teaching in a practical yet traditional format, she allows the wisdom of the practice to guide her and her students to deeper understanding of the true meaning of yoga.

Jennifer-Lee Koble Yoga Therapy Instructor

Jennifer-Lee Koble MSW, RSW is Métis/Cree from Northern Saskatchewan on her mother’s side and also of mixed European ancestry on her father’s. She has over twenty years of experience in facilitation and teaching. Jennifer-Lee is currently an Adjunct Professor at the UBC School of Social Work and works in private clinical practice working primarily with Indigenous individuals and families. She has a passion for supporting the healing and understanding of the historic and ongoing impacts of colonization through all of her work.


Jennifer Dehoney Yoga Therapy Instructor

Jennifer Dehoney BHK, BSc.(PT) is a member of the Missanabie Cree First Nation and is also of mixed European ancestry. She is a registered physiotherapist, certified Health/Wellness Coach and is a founding board member at the Urban Indigenous Health & Healing Cooperative. She has over 18-years experience working in Indigenous Health in a variety of clinical, research and community settings.  


Kelly Ng YTT Instructor

Kelly Yee Ng MSc, BCom , Founder of Avatara Yoga, is a certified Yoga Instructor with specialized training from Duke Integrative Medicine in Yoga for aging and those living with cancer and chronic pain. Her teaching experience includes group adult and seniors classes, kids wellness, one-on-one therapy, specialized workshops, online and, public speaking. Kelly applies traditional yoga with evidence-based knowledge in her teachings. Her life-long goal is to advocate for learning and healthy living.

Christy Forman YTT Instructor

Christy Forman C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, PRYT, ARRT® is passionate about bringing yoga into clinic environments and hospital settings. Christy received her Yoga Therapy training from Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy as well as her Therapeutic Yoga Teacher certification. She holds a 10 year yoga teacher training certification from Ganesha Springs International Yoga Foundation Christy is a senior assistant to Judith Hansen Lasater and has spent the last decade working for Providence Healthcare at St Paul’s Hospital in the Eating Disorders Inpatient Program. She and was the founding yoga therapist responsible for designing and developing the restorative yoga program at The Looking Glass Foundation, Canadas first teen residential Eating Disorders program. 

Jen Kinsey YTT Instructor

Jen Kinsey RMT, B.Sc., RYT 200 has been practising massage therapy since 2004, and completed yoga teacher training with Erin Jacob in 2014 . She is a graduate of the 3000 hour massage therapy program at WCCMT in New Westminster, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Science from Thompson Rivers Uuniversity. Jen's post-graduate education has focused on fascial manipulation, including cranial and visceral manipulation, hydrotherapy, breath re-education, and Yoga. Along with massage therapy and teaching public classes, Jen is a co-creator and teacher of the RYS 200 program at Centered Within Yoga. Jen's practice focuses on cultivating ease within our bodies by developing attention and awareness, with mindful and deliberate movement and breathing to promote structural and autonomic balance.